The spiritual leader of the Sikhs, Kirpal Singh, met Meher Baba in
Delhi in November 1952. On occasion, Baba would remark that Kirpal
Singh was a saint and very dear to him. Of all the saints and yogis in
India, Baba would say that there were seven who were very dear to him
and he always mentioned Kirpal Singh’s name as one of them. (Kammu
Baba and Gadge Maharaj were two of the other saints, but Baba did not
name the other four.)
Burjor Gai of Delhi was sent a copy of God Speaks to give to the
saint, and at this meeting Kirpal Singh expressed his desire to have
Baba’s darshan again, since he would be going to Poona which was not
far from Satara. Baba gave his permission.
Soon after, Kirpal Singh arrived in Kalyan. On May 14th, Eruch was
sent to fix the time for his meeting with Baba.
On Friday, May 18th 1956, Kirpal Singh came to Satara with two of his male
followers and one woman and met with Meher Baba in the Judge’s
bungalow at about 9:30 A.M. Baba was standing on the veranda and
lovingly embraced the saint. Catching hold of his hand, he took him to
his room, signaling the others to wait outside, except for Eruch who
was interpreting Baba’s gestures. Baba sat on his usual seat and
beckoned Kirpal Singh to be seated. With folded hands, Kirpal Singh
said, “I am so very happy and fortunate to see you.”
Baba replied, “I am the Lord of the Universe; I am in everyone and am
everything. I know everything and yet, simultaneously, I know
“That is the mark of real greatness,” Kirpal Singh interrupted.
“It is all of you who are great; I am but a slave of my lovers. I feel
truly happy when I get opportunities to wash their feet. My delight is
to embrace them. I am the Ocean of Love.”
Baba stood up and patted Kirpal Singh, who also rose immediately. Baba
asked him to sit down, but he remained standing reverently until Baba
was himself seated and resumed the conversation. “I am very pleased
with the work you are doing,” Baba began stating. “It is I who,
through you and others, do my own work.”
Kirpal Singh said, “How can people be expected to take interest in
spirituality unless they have had some experience? Some miracle should
In an emphatic tone, Baba replied, “Although it is good to have inner
experiences, it is very dangerous to attach importance to them. If the
aspirants are not pre-warned, then even petty experiences prove
treacherous and hinder steady progress.”
A day before, Baba had stated, “He who knows everything, displaces
nothing. To each one, I appear to be what he thinks I am.” Baba
instructed Rano Gayley to write this line out in large print, and the
message was hung near Baba’s chair. Baba pointed to it and explained
to Kirpal Singh the true significance of the spiritual path.
Baba then cited two examples among his own followers who had had
experiences. He told Kirpal Singh, “They now have their own followers
and groups, and are initiating newcomers. Although they still love me,
they have their own independent way of life.”
Baba emphasized, “Such irresponsible practices based on petty
experiences are harmful both to the initiator and the initiated.”
Kirpal Singh interposed, “But if the experiences are utilized for the
progress of the aspirants?”
“What I am pointing out is not meant for you, but I do want you to
realize how petty experiences can trap aspirants and lead them
Baba signaled for a copy of Sobs & Throbs, Ramjoo Abdulla’s book,
describing the Prem Ashram boys’ experiences. The moment Baba stood
up, Kirpal Singh also rose and stood near Baba. Baba embraced him once
again and asked him to sit down. He remained standing, however, as a
mark of respect. Baba opened the book and showed Kirpal Singh the
photographs of the boys who had had inner experiences.
Kirpal Singh innocently remarked, “At that tender age, it is not
difficult for boys to have such experiences.”
Baba expressed surprise, “Tender age?” Smiling he said, “Age, whether
tender or ripe, has nothing to do with experience gathered by the
Self, which knows no limitations of age.”
Baba then drew Kirpal Singh toward him and, taking his hand, led him
to Kaikobad’s room, telling him, “You are now going to hear something
from an old man about inner experiences.” Baba sat on Kaikobad’s bed
and asked Kirpal Singh to sit nearby.
“Kaikobad,” Baba explained to Kirpal Singh, “is my old lover and has
had many inner experiences. Sometimes he tells me about them, but I do
not understand. Perhaps you will understand what Kaikobad has to say.”
Baba permitted Kaikobad to relate all that he had experienced,
requesting Kirpal Singh to hear him patiently, since he would speak in
an odd mixture of Hindi and Gujarati languages, because Kaikobad did
not know Hindi properly.
Leaving Kaikobad and Kirpal Singh alone, Baba left the room and joined
the three devotees who had accompanied Kirpal Singh to have Baba’s
darshan. Being in seclusion, Baba would not permit them to bow down to
him, but he patted each in turn and sat down on the steps of the
Judge’s bungalow, while each was introduced to him.
Meanwhile, Kaikobad narrated his experiences to Kirpal Singh, who
commented, “Such experiences could only be had with Baba’s blessing! I
have had no such experiences!”
After hearing what Kaikobad had to relate, Kirpal Singh joined Baba.
He was invited by Baba to sit in a chair but preferred sitting near
Baba on the steps. The party had brought a movie camera and desired to
have some footage of Baba and Kirpal Singh together, which Baba
allowed. Baba then ordered Kirpal Singh’s followers to “hold fast to
the daaman of Kirpal Singh and follow his instructions with love and
Once again, Baba embraced the saint, who reciprocated with deep
affection. One person in the group asked Baba to pay a visit to Delhi
sometime soon. Baba, nodding his head, accepted.
One naïve person from Poona then invited Baba to pay a visit there and
hear Kirpal Singh’s discourses. Baba replied, “I continually hear
everything at all times from where I am.”
Again embracing Kirpal Singh with great love, Baba led him back to his
room. Picking up a slip of paper from one of the tables, Baba handed
it to Kirpal Singh. On the paper was written in a bold hand “15 Feb.
1957.” Baba asked, “Would you like to spend the night of that day with
“Willingly,” Kirpal Singh replied, “if I am not out of India.”
Baba indicated, “That is your lookout.”
Joining both hands in respect, Kirpal Singh replied, “Baba, I leave it
in your hands.”
Baba said, “Should you be in India then, I will send Eruch to bring
you to spend that night with me.”
Kirpal Singh agreed and put the slip of paper in his pocket. Embracing
him once more, Baba led him by the hand outside. Before taking Baba’s
leave, Kirpal Singh requested that he be allowed to go directly to
Poona without stopping at the travelers’ bungalow where Eruch had met
them that morning. This made Baba happy, and permission was given, it
being in accord with his usual custom.
As Kirpal Singh and his three followers were nearing their car,
suddenly one of them remembered that they had forgotten to present the
basket of fruit to Baba. Laughing, Kirpal Singh remarked, “We have
forgotten everything because we are here in a different world!” Baba
accepted the fruit with love and Kirpal Singh received another
embrace. The party was about to be seated when they remembered that
they had also forgotten the box of sweets for Baba. All laughed
joyfully, saying that it gave them another chance of seeing Baba.
Finally, the car was driving off when Eruch remembered that Kirpal
Singh had forgotten the copies of Sobs & Throbs and The Wayfarers that
Baba had presented to him. He managed to stop the car on the roadside
just in time and hand the two books to Kirpal Singh.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 14, pp. 4924 – 4929.